Maternal death: an expression of the "social issue"

This article is the result of the study about the social, economic and cultural aspects related to maternal death, conducted from July 2007 to December 2008. The methodology used was action-research, through analysis of documents, records of the health unit, and a structured interview with relatives of the women who have died. For the analysis of the data, the association of quantitative and qualitative methods was used, and as a general method, dialectics was employed. The result points to the relationship between maternal death and the material conditions of existence, the result of several factors, among which are lack of access to SUS, mysticism, the practice of abortion and social isolation.

Women; Motherhood; Maternal death; "Social issue."


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